Memorial: M5220

Memorial at St John the Baptist Church, West Wickham, Kent commemorating Admiral Sir John West, GCB, Admiral of the Fleet  d. 1862


St John the Baptist Church, West Wickham, Kent, England


'Here lie interred the remains of Admiral Sir John West, Knight Grand Cross of the most Honourable Order of the Bath and Admiral of the Fleet. Born July 28th 1774 died April 18th 1862. He was the son of Temple West, Esquire, a Lieutenant-Colonel, 1st Regiment of Guards, and representative of the family of the Wests. Formerly of the counties of Buckingham and Northampton to whom a tablet is inscribed in this church.'


Vessel: HMS 'Excellent'


Glorious First of June

Event Date


Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War


West, John
Age: 87
Date of Death: 18/4/1862
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Fleet
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: Admiral West served with distinction throughout the French and Napoleonic Wars. There is a monument commemorating Admiral West in Westminster Abbey.

Bibliography: J. K. Laughton, ‘West, Sir John (1774–1862)’, rev. Andrew Lambert, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 7 June 2017]

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